Fabulous Thunderbirds review March 31, 2013…

THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS

ON THE VERGE

SEVERN RECORDS CD 0058

I WANT TO BELIEVE–LOVIN’ TIME–TOO MUCH WATER–HOLD ME–RUNNIN’ FROM THE BLUES–DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?–GOT TO BRING IT WITH YOU–THAT’S THE WAY WE ROLL–DIAMONDS WON’T KISS YOU BACK–LONELY HIGHWAY

 

For their first studio album since “Painted On” in 2005, The Fabulous Thunderbirds ushered in a new beginning of sorts.  The ten originals that comprise “On The Verge” show a more soulful side of the band, with more emphasis on leader Kim Wilson’s  vocals and expanded arrangements, with Wilson declaring the group to be “defining it’s own genre.”

 

Recorded at Severn Studios, Wilson is backed by Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, Jason Moeller on drums, Randy Bermudes on bass, and Kevin Anker on keys.  Kim is in fine voice throughout, and draws not only from his own forty-odd years in the business, but from the styles f the great soul men of the Hi and Stax era.

 

Check out the staccato guitar over Kim’s vocal on “Lovin’ Time,” and the reggae feel of “Hold Me.”  The horns, keys, and guitars punch up the funky groove of “If you want love, You Got To Bring It With You,” while Kim tells a lover fixated on material things that “Diamonds Won’t Kiss You Back.”

 

Kim didn’t holster his harp for the whole project, thankfully.  “That’s The Way We Roll’ has that swampy, Excello-like vibe and includes a unique echo-effect vocal.  And, “Too Much Water” tells the tale of a lover who just “couldn’t take it any more,” and is done in vintage O. V. Wright style, with Kim’s harp adding that mellow touch.

 

We had two favorites, too.  “Runnin’ From The Blues” finds Kim going from “Detroit to New York to Chicago” to escape his demons, and has a sweet, mid-tempo, “uptown” swing.  And, perhaps the set’s most poignant piece is one of Kim’s originals, a somber look at the problems of today’s society regarding poverty, violence, and injustice, entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?”

 

With “On The Verge,” The fabulous Thunderbirds have embarked on an adventurous chapter in their illustrious career.  This set has the potential to bring in a whole new crop of fans with enough firepower to please us old-timers, and gets two big thumbs up from us!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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